STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Boy washed away as family tries to cross 'barricaded' bridge in Chennai

The 13-year-old boy was riding on a moped with his parents and brother on a road bridge partially submerged by the river when the two-wheeler slipped and all four fell into the river.

Published: 03rd January 2022 07:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd January 2022 07:02 AM   |  A+A-

Fire and rescue services personnel under the Maduravoyal flyover in search of the child who was washed away in the Cooum river in Chennai

Fire and rescue services personnel under the Maduravoyal flyover in search of the child who was washed away in the Cooum river in Chennai. (Photo| R Satish Babu, EPS)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: A 13-year-old boy was washed away in the Cooum river at Maduravoyal in Chennai on Sunday afternoon. According to Maduravoyal police, the boy - V Kumaresan - was riding on a moped with his parents and brother on a road bridge partially submerged by the river, at around 1.30 pm when the two-wheeler slipped and all four fell into the river.

The boy's father R Venugopal (53), mother V Easwari (32), and brother Vignesh (10) were rescued by two passersby, identified as S Ravikumar (32) of Pulianthope and S Chakrapani (41) of Villivaakkam. However, Kumaresan, who is a non-verbal child, could not be found.

The family was reportedly travelling from Aynambakkam to Alwarthirunagar to attend a family function. Police claimed the family might have moved the barricades placed on the bridge to continue their journey. However, The New Indian Express had noticed no barricades along the bridge earlier in the day and seen vehicles crossing the stretch. 

The bridge has been submerged by flood water from the Cooum river since Friday afternoon. The river has been receiving water from the Poondi reservoir in Tiruvallur district, which was released following heavy rains. The reservoir on Sunday was nearly at full capacity with water at 3,118 Mcft and had released outflows of 1,117 cusecs.

Fire and rescue service personnel, who were pressed into action, continued their search for Kumaresan till 7.30 pm when it became too dark for the operation. An official from the fire and rescue services department said the rescue operation would resume on Monday morning if the river’s currents weakened. An hour after the incident, the department had recovered the two-wheeler.

(With added inputs from Adarsh B Pradeep)



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp